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The Brain Tumour Charity (formerly the Samantha Dickson Brain Tumour Trust) is the largest brain tumour charity in the UK and was established in 1996 by Neil and Angela Dickson, soon after their daughter, Samantha, sadly died from a brain tumour shortly before her 17th birthday. Since then, over £10 million has been raised to fund their work. They aim to make a real and lasting difference to everyone affected by a brain tumour through funding research to find a cure, providing support to give hope and raising awareness to make a difference. They are the largest dedicated funder of brain tumour research in the UK, spending around £1 million per year funding top quality scientific and clinical research into childhood and adult brain tumours.  http://www.thebraintumourcharity.org/

• Alzheimer's Society is the UK 's leading support and research charity for people with dementia, their families and carers. They provide information and support to people with any form of dementia and their carers through their publications, National Dementia Helpline, website and more than 2,000 local services. http://alzheimers.org.uk/

• The National Autistic Society is the leading UK charity for people with autism (including Asperger Syndrome) and their families. They provide information, support and pioneering services, andcampaign for a better world for people with autism: http://www.autism.org.uk/

• HeartUK are committed to raising awareness about the risks of high cholesterol, lobbying for better detection of those at risk & supporting health professional training.http://heartuk.org.uk/

• Anxiety UK is a national registered charity formed 40 years ago by a sufferer of agoraphobia for those affected by anxiety disorders. Today they are still a user-led organisation, run by sufferers and ex-sufferers of anxiety disorders, supported by a high-profile medical advisory panel. Anxiety UK works to relieve and support those living with anxiety disorders by providing information, support and understanding via an extensive range of services, including 1:1 therapy. They can provide support and help if you’ve been diagnosed with, or suspect you may have an anxiety condition. With their help you can start to recover your confidence and forget your fear. http://www.anxietyuk.org.uk/

Diabetes UK is the leading UK charity that cares for, connects with and campaigns on behalf of all people affected by and at risk of diabetes. http://www.diabetes.org.uk/

• The MS Trust is a UK charity, providing information for anyone affected by multiple sclerosis, education programmes for health professionals, funding for practical research and campaigning for specialist multiple sclerosis services. http://mstrust.org.uk 

• Down’s Syndrome Association helps people with Down's syndrome to live full and rewarding lives. They provide information and support for people with Down's syndrome, their families and carers, and the professionals who work with them. They strive to improve knowledge of the condition and champion the rights of people with Down's syndrome. http://www.downs-syndrome.org.uk/

• Great Ormond Street Hospital needs to raise £50 million every year to help with rebuilding and refurbishment, to buy vital equipment and to fund pioneering research. Amazing things happen at Great Ormond Street every day. With your help they can keep the magic alive for very ill children and their families. For more information visit: http://www.gosh.org

• Cruse Bereavement Care provides advice, information and support to anyone who has been bereaved (children, young people and adults), whenever or however the death occurred. The service is provided by trained, experienced volunteers and is confidential and free.  http://www.crusebereavementcare.org.uk

 • Gynaecological cancers have a devastating effect on many women and their families in the UK and worldwide.  Globally there are around one million new cases a year and in the UK 18,000 women are diagnosed annually and some 7,500 die. The Eve Appeal was set up to save women's lives by funding the ground-breaking research programme at the Department of Women’s Cancer based at the University College London (UCL). The research they fund aims to improve screening, early diagnosis and risk prediction of all five gynaecological cancers as well as raising awareness of these diseases. http://www.eveappeal.org.uk

• Crisis is a national charity for single homeless people. The charity aims to end homelessness by delivering education, employment and housing services and through campaigning for change in the future. Their work includes both preventing people from becoming homeless and finding solutions for those who are already homeless. http://www.crisis.org.uk

• St Mungo's opens doors for homeless people. Mainly based in London and the South, they provide emergency shelter support towards recovery and help to prevent rough sleeping. They run over 100 projects and help thousands of homeless people make life changes every year.  http://www.mungos.org

• SHINE - Spina bifida Hydrocephalus Information Networking Equality - is a registered charity which helps and supports families and individuals affected by spina bifida and hydrocephalus. http://www.shinecharity.org.uk/

• Drinkaware aims to change the UK’s drinking habits for the better. They promote responsible drinking and find innovative ways to challenge the national drinking culture to help reduce alcohol misuse and minimise alcohol-related harm.http://www.drinkaware.co.uk

• Al-Anon Family Groups provide support to anyone whose life is, or has been, affected by someone else’s drinking, regardless of whether that person is still drinking or not. http://www.al-anonuk.org.uk/

• Tourette Syndrome (TS) is an inherited neurological condition that affects more than 300,000 children and adults in the UK. Tourettes Action is a charity working to make life better for those with TS. http://www.tourettes-action.org.uk

• Bipolar UK is the national charity dedicated to supporting individuals with the much misunderstood and devastating condition of bipolar, their families and carers. http://www.bipolaruk.org.uk

• Facial Palsy UK aims to improve understanding of facial palsy among the public and the medical profession, and improve access to treatments currently available, as well as raising funds for research into new treatments. http://www.facialpalsy.org.uk

• FOP ACTION was formed in 2008 by a small group of parents of FOP patients. They aim to work collaboratively with researchers and clinicians to raise awareness and much needed research funds for this devastating disease.  http://www.fopaction.co.uk/

 • BAAM is the only UK centre of expertise for all aspects of anger and conflict management. They offer support, programmes and training for anyone dealing with their own or another's anger. A professional body of consultants, counsellors and trainers, they offer something for everyone experiencing anger directly or indirectly. http://www.angermanage.co.uk/

• The Sleep Council aims to raise awareness of the importance of a good night's sleep to health and wellbeing. We provide helpful advice and tips on how to improve sleep quality and how to choose the right bed for optimum sleeping comfort. http://www.sleepcouncil.org.uk/

• The Ectodermal Dysplasia Society is a charity dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of people whose lives are affected by Ectodermal Dysplasia (ED). They work together with people who have ED, their families, researchers, health and other professionals to develop and share expertise, increase awareness and understanding, and assist with the day-to-day management of ED. http://www.ectodermaldysplasia.org/

•The UK's Best-Selling Hypnosis CDs & MP3 Downloads from Diviniti Publishing Ltd. State of the Art Hypnosis and Meditation CDs and MP3 Downloads by Glenn Harrold - the UK's Best-Selling Self-Help Audio Author (source: Nielsen BookScan UK audio charts). http://www.hypnosisaudio.com

• Action for Happiness is a movement of people committed to creating a happier society by making positive changes in their personal lives, homes, workplaces and communities. For more information visit:  http://www.actionforhappiness.org 

Thalidomide UK's website is dedicated to the history of the drug Thalidomide and explores the various disabilities that the drug caused to babies worldwide: http://www.thalidomideuk.com/ 

• Shelter helps over a million people a year struggling with bad housing or homelessness – and we campaign to prevent it in the first place.We’re here so no-one has to fight bad housing or homelessness on their own.  http://www.shelter.org.uk

• Mentor UK identifies and promotes the most promising routes to alcohol and drug protection. They champion the right and need for young people to be involved in the development and delivery of prevention projects”.   For more information, please visit: - http://www.mentoruk.org.uk

• Epilepsy Action UK is the working name for the British Epilepsy Association.  Around one in 100 people have epilepsy. Epilepsy Action is the leading organisation working with and for people affected by epilepsy. Each year, Epilepsy Action helps over 1.1 million people understand epilepsy and treatment options through its helpline, website and events. The charity improves healthcare by supporting epilepsy specialist nurses and epilepsy research. It improves the lives of everyone affected by epilepsy by campaigning for better healthcare and fairer access to education and employment. Over 95 per cent of this life changing support is funded by donations and fundraising.  For more information, visit: www.epilepsy.org.uk

• The National Eczema Society is dedicated to improving the quality of life of people with eczema and their carers.  They provide up to date information and support through their publications: www.eczema.org .

• The British Tinnitus Association (BTA) is a world leader in providing support and advice about tinnitus. We provide accurate, reliable and authoritative information. We work to help individuals with tinnitus and the wider public understand more about tinnitus.The BTA also works with medical professionals to support medical and clinical research and provide training: www.tinnitus.org.uk

 Asthma UK provide helpful resources for every stage of your asthma journey and advice for everyone coping with an asthma diagnosis, including the Asthma UK Helpline:  http://www.asthma.org.uk/

• The Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability (RHN) is a national medical charity, independent from the NHS, which works to improve the lives of adults affected by severe neurological disability through specialist long term care and rehabilitation. Founded almost 160 years ago, the RHN finds ability in disability and seeks to advance the science of care through its research and education, helping to achieve the best possible quality of life for everyone living with neurological disability: http:/www.rhn.org.uk

• The Mesothelioma Group is small team of healthcare professionals, patient advocates and communication specialists who have one goal: to lead the way in supporting and encouraging mesothelioma patients and their families: http://www.mesotheliomagroup.com/

• Meningitis UK's primary focus is funding research to find vaccines or other preventative measures to eradicate the dreaded disease to protect future generations: http:/www.meningitisUK.org

* Zarig Cooper http://www.zarigcooper.com

* Frances Turner http://www.francesturner.org

* Wise Woman Weblog http://www.wisewomantradition.com

* Pearls Of Wisdom http://www.sapphyr.net/women

* Hazrat Inayat Khan http://www.hazrat-inayat-khan.org 

* Nick Hare  http://www.pleuralmesothelioma.com/cancer/lung.php

* Richard Abbot http://www.thehermitage.org.uk  http://www.yourwayforward.co.uk






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